Gromit (479) - Port Orchard, Washington, USA - AUG 7, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
My wife brought this bottle back from her trip to Philly.
Pours a dark mahogany color with a decent tan head that left a tiny bit of lacing.
Scent is sweet, mostly. Lots of dark fruits; dates and cherries mostly. Very nice.
Flavor is okay. Same fruit flavors as in the scent but they’re not as ...spry. There’s an off aftertaste here, as if they were trying to go for a mineral mouthfeel and it affected the flavor a touch. Still not bad, though.
Mouthfeel definitely has some mineral to it and is well carbonated. I’m not a big Porter fan normally but I try to rate to style. I gotta say this is one of the better Porters I’ve had, but not the best. I wonder how close this is to Gen. Washington’s intention.
hobgoblin (163) - St-Épiphane, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 30, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled. Mondial de la bière 2005.
Deep brown color and tan head that goes to a ring.Smoked, caramel and roasted malt aroma. Smoked, roasted malt and caramel taste. Very nice.
Bière de couleur brune très foncé, avec un collet brun qui se résume en un anneau. Au goût, elle est fumé, avec un goût de caramel et de malt grillé. Bien réussis.
alobar (2980) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 25, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very foamy head. In fact, had to wait unitl head settled. Sweet aromas of caramel and malts. Taste is very sweet. Not as heavy has many Porters. Appearance was dark brown with a tan, frothy head. Lively carbonation with a medium body. Can taste teh sweet malts and molasses. A good beer.
rajendra82 (971) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - JUL 11, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A colorful colonial looking label, and some history of the beer on the back made this a good looking and informative bottle. As I uncapped it, the foam started rising above the top. Pouring it confirmed a highly carbonated beer that was difficult to pour in the first pass, as a majority of the pint glass was filled with a thick foamy head.
Underlying the head, the beer was murky, reddish brown, rather than the typical nearly black Porter. The aroma was musty, sprucey, and sour, rather than the roasty chocolaty smell I typically associate with Porters. This smelled more like an Old Ale.
The taste was tangy, woodsy, and sour with some chocolate like taste. There was almost no burnt taste in here. The molasses mentioned on the label must have been used sparingly, as the beer taste rather light and thin, but somewhat sweet. I am sure they even used any hop, because there wasn’t a trace of hop bitterness or flavor.
Felt a bit too experimental and homebrew like to fully enjoy. A different take on the style to be sure.
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JUL 8, 2005
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark brown a ceratinly not opaque. Large creamy tan head. The aroma is choco-coffee roasted malt and some more sugary bits. The flavor is nutty some locrorice and chocolate. Way over carbonated. The mnouthfeel is horribly fizzy and almost fills your mouth up with air. Medium watery body. Not too bad but pretty run-of-the-mill overall.
roder60 (1288) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 1, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a translucent ruby brown color with a small amount of tan head. Aroma is very sweet malts, some caramel, and slight nuttiness. Flavor is not what I was expecting. Very light, sweet roasted malts, followed by a undertone of fruits, and finishing dry. Overall, I found this beer interesting but not great.
MattShizzle (549) - Bernville, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 18, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Quite good. Doesn’t taste nearly as strong as it is. Doesn’t taste very roasty either. Can taste the molasses. Definitely a different beer.
thehinge (279) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - MAY 26, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Yards Brewery just continues to underwhelm me for what they attempt, none of their beers are exceptional. First, there’s the massive amount of carbonation...has a huge beige head. Of course, it does have lacing but unlike any lacing I’ve seen. Pours a black as night color. Aroma is malty. Taste has some sugar, roasted malt and coffee in it.
BuckNaked (1230) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - MAY 14, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle provided by and shared with clarkvv 4/29/05: Dark brown with a medium sized light tan head that doesn’t last. Aroma of brown sugar, chocolate, roasted malt, and a bit of molasses. Medium bodied, light carbonation, watery mouthfeel. Taste: sweet chocolate, molasses, brown sugar, then later bitter roasted malt, light coffee getting slightly acidic towards the end.
ClarkVV (3969) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 4, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
I can’t figure out the dating system on the bottles. Must be a 2004 bottle though. Pour is black/brown with a moderate amount of head, decent retention. Beige colored head is creamy, but slightly watery and not well-retained. Aroma of brown sugar, bubblegum, chocolate and light roast and milk. Flavor is initially quite sweet, chocolatey, milky and has a mostly watery texture, very low carbonation. Gains some bitterness and roast on the finish. That sweet molasses/treacle/brown sugar is mostly dominant and lingers on the finish, getting a bit boring towards the end of the glass. A bit watery overall, but hides the alcohol well. Medium body.